The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament enters its 5th Decade and continues to be the largest amateur golf tournament in Europe. Their 2017 tournament will be played over 4 superb links course – Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Course), Castlerock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course) and Ballycastle Golf Club from Monday 5th – Friday 9th June 2017.
The tournament is a 72 hole event, with a rest day in between to recuperate from the test the links courses will provide and maybe to shake all some of the tiredness from the social element too! Participants are able to book into any of the below play orders, by choosing their rest day and time, subject to availability. Rest days are allocated on a first come first served basis, with the tournament organisers doing their best to accommodate all requests. The field is limited to 144 participants per day. with the order of play as follows:
- Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush
- Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush, Rest Day
- Castlerock, Ballycastle. Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin
- Ballycastle, Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock
- Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle
Participants are invited to a Welcome Event held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday 4th June. There will also be a Bushmills Distillery Tour & Entertainment on Wednesday 7th June with the Closing Event & Prize Giving being held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on the Final Day.
Tournament Terms and Conditions
The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament is open to Amateurs with an official club handicap of 20 or less. Each player must carry a current handicap certificate on each day of the Tournament. A current handicap certificate must be submitted with entry form.
The overall competition is run on the Stableford system. Concurrently with the main Tournament a Subsidiary Competition is run on each course with a separate trophy and prizes for the best score returned.
- Host Club Members £75
- GUI Residents £150
- Visitors £200
- Entrance fees include all green fees.
Withdrawals will only be refunded provided they are notified before Friday 21st April 2017.
All players must be members of Golf Clubs recognised and affiliated to their country’s governing body and must have an official club handicap. In accordance with 2016-2018 CONGU Unified Handicapping Scheme all scores in this competition must be returned to the home club by the player concerned – see Clause 8.12 The Handicap Committee of the home club will consider them in accordance with Clause 23a Annual Review or, if appropriate, for an immediate cut under Clause 23B – General Play Adjustment. The Committee reserves the right to revise any players handicap before or during the Tournament.
Entries will not be accepted from anyone under 18 years of age. Draws will be posted in Host Clubs the week preceding the Tournament. Entries close when the tournament limit of 800 is received.
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History of the Tournament
The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament (CCGT) was first played in 1967 and has continued as an annual tournament every year since.
The CCGT is owned by the four founding Golf Clubs – Ballycastle Golf Club, Castlerock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush Golf Club – with each member club nominating two representatives from their membership to run the tournament through the Tournament Committee. In 2014, Portstewart Golf Club informed the Committee that they would be unable to take part in the Tournament due to other commitments. This year, Portstewart will host The 2017 Irish Open and we wish them every success! Due to this departure, Ballyliffin Golf Club was approached to take their place and they are a welcome addition to the Tournament.
The CCGT started off life as a small event, with the majority of participants coming from the host clubs. However, with the growth in popularity in golf in the 1970’s and 1980’s, coupled with the incredible value and quality of the host courses, the tournament quickly grew. In the late 1990’s the tournament boasted over 1,100 participants.
2017 is a very exciting year for the Causeway Coast Golf Tournament as we enter our fifth decade. It is a fantastic Tournament and a massive achievement to be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, I just hope I can make it to play!